The New 2017 Leica M10 Specification Review

The Leica M10 is a 24MP, full-frame, guide concentrate digicam with an ancient combined range finder concentrating program, a tunnel-type visual viewfinder, no video method and not even so much as a USB outlet. And it’s definitely charming.

The New 2017 Leica M10 Review
The New 2017 Leica M10 Review

Key Features

  • ‘Newly developed’ 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 1.04 million-dot back LCD (with Corning Gorilla glass)
  • 5 fps max ongoing capturing for up to 30 Raw frames
  • ISO 100-6400 (extendable to 50,000)
  • Center-weighted (RF), identify and ‘multi-field’ (LV) metering modes
  • Revised selection program (including personalized ‘favorites’ menu)
  • Automatic lens improvements with 6-bit written lenses
  • Compatible with ‘Visoflex’ 2.4m-dot EVF for eye-level stay perspective shooting
  • ~210 taken battery power (CIPA)
  • Built-in WiFi

Leica is a refreshingly uncommon organization in the contemporary digicam market – strange, amazing, gleefully anachronistic but never, ever, tedious. As such, Leica is one of those businesses that I’ve always experienced composing.

In fact, the very first digicam that I ever analyzed right in the starting of my profession was a Leica. This was more than ten years ago, around the same time that the M8 was launched, but I wasn’t (yet) reliable with such a famous product. The digicam that I was presented with to evaluation was one of those rebadged Panasonics that the In german organization still formally preserves in its collection, but doesn’t really discuss any longer. I your investment actual design, but it wasn’t particularly good. I seem to keep in mind high disturbance levels, lens aberrations and awkward, detail-destroying disturbance decrease being the main places of issue, all of which were enough to take the (figurative) glow off what was actually an awesome digicam, and all of which I dutifully revealed in my evaluation.

35mm F1.4 Summilux ASPH. F2.8 (ish), ISO 500. (Converted from Raw)
35mm F1.4 Summilux ASPH. F2.8 (ish), ISO 500. (Converted from Raw)

While the digicam was forgettable, more than a several years on, that evaluation still stays in my thoughts. It was soon after processing my set up that my manager right at that moment drawn me over, the document in his side, to clarify that ‘there are certain terms we do not use about Leica’. Obviously, ‘disappointing’ was one of those terms, indicated (ironically) with huge red jewelry of ink, wherever I had used it. My set up was rubbed accordingly, and I didn’t evaluation another Leica digicam for a lengthy period.

For a great several decades, there really was a type of ‘reality distortions field’ around Leica, and to some level there still is. With some exclusions (the Q being one of them), the organization is an expert in high-cost nouveau-classic items with few purpose benefits over their opponents. It’s all about the look. It’s all about the experience. It’s all about the wonder. It’s all about Das Wesentliche1. When on event Leica has tried something truly new, like the brushed-aluminum touch-sensitive research that was the Leica T2, it generally hasn’t created quite the same influence on the team mindset of photography lovers and photography authors as its M, R and (more recently) S-series.

The Leica Effect

I’m not safe from the ‘Leica effect’ myself. I possessed and used an M3 for a lengthy time, and extremely incorrect as it was (considering I was making a profession as a Twenty-first Millennium songs photographer3) I’ve always regretted promoting it. There’s just something about the M sequence, some intangible miracle when as opposed to common mass-produced digicam, regardless of whatever new and beautiful technological innovation they might absence in contrast. I still sustain that if you can perfectly concentrate on a individual topic with a quick Leica primary wide-open, you’ve gained the right to contact yourself a photographer. It’s quite difficult – and that’s the factor.

35mm F1.4 Summilux ASPH. F2 (ish), ISO 3200. (Converted from Raw)
35mm F1.4 Summilux ASPH. F2 (ish), ISO 3200. (Converted from Raw)

For all that, I’ve never really experienced electronic M-series designs. The M8’s APS-H indicator experienced like a bargain, and both that digital camera and the full-frame M9 always experienced a little swollen, their shades a bit too noisy, their pictures a bit too noisy. Factors got better – the Typ 240 and Typ 262 are very excellent digital cameras, and the Monochroms are fun – but neither they nor their forerunners ever really truly experienced like a extension of the traditional film designs. Leica statements that including a film method to the Typ 240 was in reaction to requirement from its clients, but the concept of capturing film on a range finder always seemed a bit foolish to me.

The M10 can’t capture film – let’s just get that out of the way. If you really need film in an M-series body system, the Typ 240 is still available. Personally, as you might be able to tell, I like the M10 a lot more than the Typ 240 and 262. There’s no one significant modify which creates the main distinction, but rather a number of little modifications which add up to (in my opinion) a more inviting item than the electronic Ms which came before it.

Laica M10 Body And Design
Laica M10 Body And Design

Let’s begin with the apparent factors. The M10 is thinner than the Typ 240. Not by much (about 4mm) but the reduced detail does actually really make a change. The M10 is the same detail now as the very first M3, and although it’s a little higher, it has this is the same impact as all of the film-era M-series. Four mm might not audio like an issue, but the M10 definitely seems like a compact sized, more dense electronic camera. It also obviously provides some extent of wetness and dirt level of resistance although Leica is (understandably, given a defieicency of ecological closing in its lenses) unexplained on exactly how much.

smaller, less heavy and (sort of) weather-sealed

The M10 is also a little less heavy than the Typ 240, too. Again though, not by much, and the reduced detail and correspondingly improved a sense of solidity successfully covers the fall in bodyweight. More recognizable is the inclusion (finally) of a management factor on the higher remaining of the camera’s whole body. In the film-era M designs, this was home to a movie tensioning / go back button, but up to now it has been remaining as sleek, simple steel in every one of the electronic M-series. I don’t know why this has always worried me, but it has. The electronic cameras always experienced like they were losing something.

Leica M10 Images Quality

Automated ISO

I described previously that I usually keep guide ISO calls closed to ‘A’. Some Leica customers will cry nasty at this, but I’m mainly an aperture-priority capturing, and I enjoy the high-class of only having to worry about one visibility varying. Also, I’m sluggish. But this only performs if the Automated ISO establishing is actually useful. Luckily, Leica’s automatic ISO product is effective. A simple 1/FL option is a start, whereby you will keep to shutter time periods smaller than (for example) 1/30 sec when using a Negatives lens. In addition, 2/FL and 4/FL options provide more insurance against unreliable hands or faster-moving topics, and you can also pick your own specific highest possible visibility time from 1/500 sec down to 1/2 sec.

Of course, the X/FL ways depend on the M10 understanding the central duration of whatever lens you’re using. Modern M-series contacts are ‘6-bit coded’, which means that the M10 can identify their central duration and highest possible aperture (albeit not the aperture you’re capturing at, hence the ‘ish’ described in my picture examples in this review). If you’re using an mature lens, or a third-party one which isn’t 6-bit written, you can get into its central duration personally in the selection program. If you don’t exchange contacts much this is very uncomplicated, but if you capture with many mature glass, it’s something to keep in mind. Automated ISO performs in guide visibility method, as well as aperture concern.

‘Newly Developed’ Sensor

Speaking of ISO understanding, the M10 has a new base ISO of 100, complimentary of its ‘newly developed’ indicator. Leica won’t be attracted on the actual details, and we can’t perform in-depth lab examining on our delayed pre-production digicam, but it certainly seems better than the 24MP receptors in the Typ 240 and the Q. At low ISO understanding configurations there’s no banding, even when information are forced significantly, and picture top quality is fantastic across the M10’s conventional ISO understanding variety of 100-6400.

At low-medium ISO sensitivity settings, the M10's 24MP sensor delivers excellent resolution. And compared to some previous M-series models, its shutter is very discreet - certainly discreet enough to use in a library.  35mm F1.4 Summilux ASPH. F2.8 (ish), ISO 500. (Converted from Raw)
At low-medium ISO sensitivity settings, the M10’s 24MP sensor delivers excellent resolution. And compared to some previous M-series models, its shutter is very discreet – certainly discreet enough to use in a library.
35mm F1.4 Summilux ASPH. F2.8 (ish), ISO 500. (Converted from Raw)

Leica statements around 13 prevents of Raw powerful variety and anecdotally, this is supported up in my use of you so far. We don’t know yet whether the M10’s indicator is officially ISO invariant but I have discovered that in Raw method I can capture the M10 in the same way as I am inclined to capture the Nikon D750 in contrasty circumstances – reveal for features, and take the dark areas up later, without requiring to bother about a lot of disturbance or banding ruining the perspective.

The M10's center-weighted metering system is a little prone to underexposure when there are strong light-sources in the scene. I set +1/3EV exposure compensation for this low-light shot but ended up pushing it further in Photoshop.  35mm F1.4 Summilux ASPH. F1.4, ISO 12,500. (Converted from Raw)
The M10’s center-weighted metering system is a little prone to underexposure when there are strong light-sources in the scene. I set +1/3EV exposure compensation for this low-light shot but ended up pushing it further in Photoshop.
35mm F1.4 Summilux ASPH. F1.4, ISO 12,500. (Converted from Raw)

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Leica M10 Specifications

MSRP $6595
Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Body material Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 5952 x 3992
Other resolutions 5952 x 3968 (JPEG, 24MP), 4256 x 2932 (12MP), 2976 x 1984 (6MP)
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Maestro II
Color space sRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100-50000
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • Raw (DNG)
Optics & Focus
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Leica M
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,036,800
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.73×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 8 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes
Flash X sync speed 1/180 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Interval
  • Exposure bracketing
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
Videography features
Microphone None
Speaker None
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Remote control Yes (via cable trigger)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BP-SCL5 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 210
Weight (inc. batteries) 660 g (1.46 lb / 23.28 oz)
Dimensions 139 x 39 x 80 mm (5.47 x 1.54 x 3.15)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes via optional Visoflex EVF